October 11,
Finance Committee, 7 p.m.

October 15,
Oktoberfest at CSCC, 5-7p.m.

October 18,
Church Committee, 7 p.m.

November 1,
Auxiliary Meeting, 5 p.m.


The autumn leaves seem to be falling with a plop this year.  The brilliant colors we are used to seeing have not materialized as yet.   Maybe this is due to the persistent rain or maybe it is because we have not had a snappy frost or maybe the trees are under some sort of stress.

We all know that when we are under stress we cannot do our very best.   Some stress is normal but that which is  overwhelming tends to shut us down and cut us off from all of life.  It makes us colorless.  Overcoming it takes some effort and thought.

Determining to take one day at a time and not to borrow trouble from tomorrow can ease our sense of stress quite a bit.  Focusing on doing one thing at a time instead of two or three things at once, can lessen the pressure we all put on ourselves.   Taking five minutes to watch the clouds drift by or to look at the leaves blowing around can restore a sense of peace and energy.    Reading through the Sermon on the Mount can help us understand how precious we are in the eyes of God.   It reminds us how we are to treat others, with patience, kindness understanding and hospitality.   We often need to treat ourselves in the same way.

There is much we can do to ease the stress we encounter and create for ourselves.   The choice to do so and the responsibility are ours.

Grace & peace, Pastor Alice



The CCC Auxiliary will be hosting the Third Annual Oktoberfest on October 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Colebrook Senior and Community Center.  The cost is$10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 10 and under.  

Bratwurst, red cabbage, sauerkraut, German potato salad, tasty rye bread and a variety of delicious desserts will be featured along with the proper seasonal beverages.   There will also be hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

Tickets are available from Judy Amato or Debi McKeon.   

Come and support this fund-raising effort—all proceeds go to the church budget.   If you cannot join in the fun, a cash donation is always welcome.  


Introduction to Home & Self Defense

When: October 7, Friday at 6 p.m.

Where: Colebrook Congregational Church

Conducted by John Kelly


Sponsored by our local Neighborhood Watch group.  

Any questions, call Scott Kenny 860-712-9777


Pie Sale

Once again the Church Auxiliary will be offering pies for Thanksgiving.   The choice this year will be pumpkin or apple.   The pies will be sold frozen so that you can bake them at your convenience.   Please watch for order forms at church and online.   Susan Kenny will be heading up this project.   There will be further details in the November newsletter.


End of Year Giving

This is the perfect time of year to catch up on your pledges to the church.   The end of the year is approaching far more quickly than most of us can imagine and we will be working on establishing the budget for 2012.   There is always much needed in keeping our programs in place, establishing new ones and maintaining our church property.   Your donations are what keep the church bell ringing.

If you would like to make a donation to the church in honor or memory of a loved one, please remember the Commemorative Fund.  This fund was established to enable us to provide some of the little extras not in our budget.

Also consider making the church a part of your will.   Because of the generosity of Jim and Shirley Draper we have been able to have the church painted this year and to take care of some deferred maintenance.  

Always remember, no donation is ever too small.

Thank you,

Debi McKeon



Buildings & Grounds

The work on the church is continuing.    The fence has been painted and sparkles in the moonlight.   Along with painting the building, cracked window panes are being replaced with reclaimed glass, rotted wood is being taken care of, the shutters are down and are being repaired and repainted.   It is a big job but one that will restore our gem of a church to its original beauty.

We also have beautiful new carpeting in Fellowship Hall and in the kitchen.   Part of the cost was given to us by an anonymous donor.  

Many other projects are under way, all of which will make our building ready for the present and the


Abrah G. Carroll


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